The United States team struggled in second and third sets against Brazil but could get back on the match to grab their first win.
Santa Fe, Argentina, August 21 2017 - Taylor Landfair, who finished as top scorer for the United States victory over Brazil on Monday recognized the big work done by her teammates in a tough and tight match.
Landfair scored 22 points in a battle that lasted almost two hours at the National Technological University Stadium and keeps hopes alive for the American team.
Taylor Landfair, Player of USA: “I feel all my team helps me when I'm messed up and it's really important to me to score more points. I think we just need to go on with the winning mind set and not a losing one, we have to stay positive and with lot of energy because we have worked really hard. We need to play with a lot of intensity, work together and have fun.”
Jim Stone, Head Coach of USA: “We challenged our players to be mentally stronger and see if they could came back from a bad third set and play strong the fourth. I'm really proud of them because when you have a third set like the one we had, it's sometimes difficult to come back, but they did a wonderful job today. We're still a very young team, in some moments we lost our focus, the reception wasn't good, but then we passed better, the attack was higher and we could win. We hope to keep improving and be a little more consistent.”
Mauricio Thomas, Head Coach of Brazil: “At the end, we had too many mistakes and we didn't got benefit of the chances available, I think that's why we lost today. However, the tournament is not yet decided and we have to keep working because we can still do good things. Our team is under construction yet.”
Tainara Lemes Santos, Player of Brazil: “I think we lowered our level. We should have be consistent until the end, specially when we got recovered of the first set. We let them play and we didn't have enough courage, but we need to think about the next game now.”